For: Immediate Release
Contact: Fay Teal, 610-566-4795
Laps to Conquer M.S. Completes Fay Teal's 19th One Lap of America
Media, PA, May 12 - Laps to Conquer MS, Inc. (LCMS), completed Fay Teal's 19th consecutive Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America (OLOA) by driving the Dominion Title Baglier Sunoco Mazda6 to a finish of 55th overall of the 93 cars competing in the event.
The 2005 Laps to Conquer MS team, with 92 other contestants, traveled over 3,600 miles through 13 states in 8 days to compete in the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America (www.onelapofamerica.com) from April 29 through May 7th. The OLOA made stops every day for a total of 20 timed runs at 11 different racetracks along the route. The LCMS team of Fay and David Teal, Ron Pizor and Danny Yanda, driving a Mazda 6 Sport Wagon, placed as high as 29th overall at one event. For the 17th OLOA for LCMS and the 19th for LCMS Executive Director, Fay Teal says, "While I always hope for a win, I'm thrilled that the team finished 55th of 93 cars overall and 9th of 18 cars in the Mid Priced Sedan/Wagon Class." Fay continues, "We'll keep driving until we see a checkered flag. I don't care if it's for a 1 Lap win or an MS cure." The LCMS drive continues through September after the OLOA.
Fay and David Teal started Laps to Conquer MS, Inc., in 1989; to increase multiple sclerosis awareness through motorsports after Fay was diagnosed with MS. "I was very involved with motorsports all my life and was getting my competition license," remembers Teal, "when, the MS diagnosis ended that. Now I use my motorsports passion to combat MS."
Since 1989, LCMS has driven over 180,000 miles in the pursuit of the checkered flag for MS. The drive has taken LCMS through 46 of the continental United States during 17 OLOA's. While their primary focus is MS awareness, LCMS has raised over $130,000 for the National MS Society ( www.nationalmssociety.org). "I'm very pleased that LCMS has collected this much," remarks Fay Teal, "but until the checkered flag waves for MS, LCMS drives on toward the cure."
Multiple Sclerosis is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system affecting both young and old. MS affects more than 400,000 people in North America. The disease usually starts between the ages of 20 and 40 years with the average age of onset around 30. MS affects more women than men. While no one can predict when, or if, there will be a cure for MS; there is much hope for the future. The ongoing advances in research (funded mostly by donations) including the areas of immunology and autoimmune diseases, are occurring at a faster rate than ever before and continue to add to our understanding of how MS works and progresses.
Dominion Title Services, Inc. ( www.dominiontitleservices.com), of Vineland, N.J, is a 10-year primary sponsor. Dominion Title Services, Inc. provides title insurance for real estate transactions. Other corporate sponsors include Baglier Mazda of Butler, Pa.-a first-year sponsor providing a Mazda6 Sport Wagon V6-and Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery (www.sunocoinc.com) of Marcus Hook, Pa. Additional support comes from SunGard Availability Services, and the Friends of LCMS.
Through corporate sponsorship all OLOA and display costs are met, which allows that all donations and contributions made to Laps to Conquer M.S will directly benefit people living with MS. Contributions to the drive to end multiple sclerosis can be mailed to: Laps to Conquer MS, Inc., P O Box 94, Lenni, PA 19052-0094.
For more information, check www.lapstoconquerms.org, call 610-566-4795, or email email@example.com.